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    • FOOTNOTES C H R I S T T H E S E R V A N T L U T H E R A N C H U R C H September 2006 Dear Friends in Christ, Volume 33, No. 1 My Cocoon tightens—Colors tease— I’m feeling for the Air— A dim capacity for Wings Demeans the Dress I wear— A power of Butterfly must be— The Aptitude to fly The Reverend Meadows of Majesty implies Peter Bastien, And easy Sweeps of Sky— Pastor So I must baffle at the Hint And cipher at the Sign And make much blunder, if at last I take the clue divine. This is clearly an Easter poem, so you might wonder why I am sharing it with you in September—beyond the obvious reason that it is always a good time to share an Emily Dickinson poem. Autumn leads us to meditations opposite in mood from those of Spring, the goddess Eastre, the feast of Easter. True, but remember, every Sunday is a celebration of Easter. In a world rotten with sin and crushed by the power of death, Christians are called to be partisans of life and hope. Emily refers to our “dim” capacity for wings—that word “dim” reminds us of the great human tragedy of living so far below capacity. We are creatures made in God’s image. We have “the Aptitude to fly.” Despite all our blunders, God still sends us the “clue divine.” For Christians, Jesus is the divine clue. Jesus came among us to call us back from enslavement to sin and death and to teach us how to fly again. His gospel of love and compassion is really flying lessons. We may be baffled at the hint, we may cipher at the sign, but it keeps coming, week after week, in the love assembly, in the bread and wine that calls us to be transubstantiated into Body of Christ, in our growth through learning and serving. It is September. School and church activities swing back into high gear after the lovely doldrums of Summer. It is not a time to get moody about falling leaves and other Autumnal melancholies. www.cts-lutheran.org † 9801 Centerway Road † (301) 977-0285 † September 2006 † Montgomery Village, MD page 1
    • Prayer Concerns Because of God’s love shown forth, among many others, in Jesus of Viveka Bhasker Nazareth, our cocoons tighten, colors tease, and we are sensing the Jean Bonald Air that will lift us high as we fly on the wings of love. Justin Brunce Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer go round and round. Youth, maturity, Margaret Condon Thomas Dombrowskie old age, and death come to us all. But by God’s grace we transcend Walter Fisher fear of finitude and fly up, soar high. I am a tiny particle, but I am Patricia Flynn part of a great poem of love. I am a single note, but I am a moment Millie Garvey in God’s Symphony. My cocoon tightens. Dave Gearing Yours in Christ, Dorothy Gerald Pat Guss —Pastor Bastien Delia Harman George Harrison Fred Jaeger NOTICE David Lashof Lauren Sue Masoero Congregation Meeting Pr. John Muller SUNDAY Irene Paar Joyce Pacheli October 1, 2006 Ron Pacheli 6:00 P.M. Bob Petersen Ingse Petersen Featuring Patty Petersen Robin Peterson The annual kick off of the fall Jane Rhine Stewardship campaign Ann Schwill Family of John Springer And Dana Swan Other topics of interest Lucy Vela Orlando Vela The annual meeting will be preceded by the traditional Joe Wheeler Congregational dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. Please notify the church All members and non-members who have been attending office (301-977-0285, Prayer Concern box, or wcgarvey. services are encouraged to attend and participate fully in comcast.net) if you would the life of the CTS community. Get to know us and let us like anyone removed or learn about you. Children are welcome. added to the prayer concern list. Names will be removed after a six-week period if no “Just Come”—October Trip update is received. Room is still available on a hurricane recovery team heading for Biloxi, MS, from October 8-24. The rebuilding program is being sponsored by our friends at Good Shepherd Lutheran. Anyone interested should contact Dennis Luther at 301-948-1279 (home) or 301-651-0632 (cell). Polly Bergtold was a member of a work team that was in Biloxi in late July and early August. Talk to her and let her tell you about this special kind of service for the Lord and for some very needy people in Mississippi. —Steve Garvey page 2 † September 2006 †
    • Sunday Readings Council Meeting Summaries September 3—Thirteenth July 10, 2006 Sunday After Pentecost Christ the Servant Lutheran Church Council (Proper 17) (The complete versions are posted on the CTS hall bulletin board.) Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Psalm 15 Financial—Beth Lashof and Doreen Foge submitted a written LORD, who may dwell in report that income for June was about $1,200 behind for the your tabernacle? (Ps. 15:1) month, but is on target with the budget for the first six months of James 1:17-27 the year. Chuck Eater reported that expenses are pretty much in Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 line with budgeted amounts with a year-to-date positive balance September 10—Fourteenth of $1,446. Sunday After Pentecost Youth Ministry—Cruzando was a success. CTS members can read (Proper 18) about it and see photos at http://crosseyedsheep.blogspot.com. Isaiah 35:4-7a The youth will be planning a quilting service project for the fall. Psalm 146 CTS members can contribute time and flat bed sheets in good I will praise the LORD as long as I live. (Ps. 146:1) condition. James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17 Council approved revising the Council policy to reflect the change Mark 7:24-37 of facilities use responsibility from Property to Business Administration. September 17—Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost Council finished the 2006 calendar, including the addition of 6 pm (Proper 19) Saturday services. Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 116:1-8 (Psalm 116:1- August 14, 2006 9 NRSV) July was a good, five-Sunday month for both income and I will walk in the presence of expenses with income on-budget and expenses below. the LORD. (Ps. 116:8) James 3:1-12 Various council members are working with the Sharp program to Mark 8:27-38 get them set up at CTS. We have no start date yet, but they are close to hiring a director. September 24—Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Stewardship—Council is planning to personally contact CTS (Proper 20) members in October as part of the Every Member Response Jeremiah 11:18-20 or program. Stewardship will be the main subject of the September Wisdom of Solomon 1:16— council retreat. 2:1, 12-22 Respectfully submitted, —Joyce Backus, CTS Council Secretary FYI— Council Officers and Ministry Area Leaders Stewardship ................. Steve Garvey President ..................... Pat Andersen Business Administration . Steve Garvey Vice President ............... Mike Mayer Property ...................... Dave Larrabee Secretary ..................... Joyce Backus Parish Care .................. Jo Johnson Worship ....................... Sandy D’Angelo Parish Life .................... Paul Bender Outreach ...................... Roger Rasnake Youth .......................... Barbara Harner Service ........................ Melanie McMichael Treasurer ..................... Chuck Eater Learning ...................... Mike Mayer Financial Secretary ........ Doreen Foge † September 2006 † page 3
    • Psalm 54 God is my helper; it is the Music Notes LORD who sustains my life. (Ps. 54:4) In the best of CTS tradition, our music ministry continues to James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a explore new dimensions in the world of sound! There will be Mark 9:30-37 two new, major happenings this year which will require a Other Readings number of different musical talents. Here’s what’s coming up: 1. September music: September 14—Holy Cross Day September 10—Rally Day: Featuring music led by our awesome Numbers 21:4b-9 teens. Albert Ticona has been honing his guitar skills under the Psalm 98:1-5 (Psalm 98:1-4 dubious tutelage of Tom Lipe and Bob McMichael, so anything is NRSV) or Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38 possible! The LORD has done marvelous things. (Ps. 98:1) - September 17—Feast Day of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): or - God was their rock and Anne Lipe and Joanne Eater are always looking for a good excuse the Most High God their to sing the music of this great spiritual teacher and composer! redeemer. (Ps. 78:35) Several selections will be offered, some “traditional” and some 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 with assistance of guitar, drum and chimes. Our hymn for the John 3:13-17 day will be “O Holy Spirit, Root of Life” (WOV 688) which is by Hildegard. September 21—St. Matthew, Apostle and 2. The debut of Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Evangelist Ezekiel 2:8—3:11 The ELW, the new worship and song book for the ELCA is Psalm 119:33-40 scheduled for the beginning of Advent. The new book contains Teach me, O LORD, the way ten settings of Holy Communion: three from the LBW, one from of your statutes. (Ps. 119:33) This Far By Faith, two revised from Renewing Worship, a hymn- Ephesians 2:4-10 based setting, a setting in Spanish, and two new settings. Matthew 9:9-13 Approximately 700 hymns are included, 53% of which are from the LBW, 20% from With One Voice, 21% from Renewing September 29—St. Michael Worship and 6% from other sources. We will be inviting all and All Angels singers and instrumentalists to assist in learning and preparing Daniel 10:10-14; 12:1-3 Psalm 103:1-5, 20-22 the music so that we can help the congregation to become Bless the LORD, you angels familiar with the new liturgies and hymns. Stay tuned for of the LORD. (Ps. 103:20) information on practice times and arrangements. Revelation 12:7-12 3. Saturday Evening Worship: Luke 10:17-20 Evening services will be offered each month beginning at 6:00 PM, and will feature a variety of different styles. In part, these services are designed to reach out to people in our community who might wish to explore different approaches to worship than those offered on Sunday mornings. Musicians will be needed to assist with these services, so if a particular style intrigues you, please let Anne or Tom Lipe know. October 14: Jazz Vespers (to include Blessing of Pets. Tom’s already thought of special music such as “Birdland,” “Alley Cat,” “Who let the dogs out?”) November 11: Taize-style Vespers (contemplative) (continues) page 4 † September 2006 †
    • The Happiest of December 9: U2 or Rock Mass Birthdays to: January 6: Epiphany High Mass (traditional) Max Koehler .................. 9/1 February 10: Jazz Vespers Jackie Severynse ....... 9/2 Vernon Toelle .............. 9/3 March 10: Celtic Contemplative Vespers Service Zan Saavedra ............... 9/4 Carson Fehner ............. 9/7 April 7: Easter Vigil (at 7:30 PM) Ben Eater ..................... 9/7 May 12: Jazz Vespers Joann Eastlack ............ 9/8 Tom Lipe ....................... 9/8 Reminder: You don’t need to be asked!! If you would like to Garrett Fehner .......... 9/12 share music at a worship service, just let Anne or Marjorie know in Heidi Petersen ........... 9/12 advance. Children and youth are especially encouraged to share Richard Lurix .............. 9/15 their talents with the congregation. —Anne Lipe George Mohn ............... 9/19 Dorothy Gerald ......... 9/20 Alexander Hagen ...... 9/22 Benedictine Work Day—Saturday, Beth Lashof ............... 9/25 September 9, 8 AM to 3 PM Tom Eastlack ............. 9/26 Ron Backus ................. 9/30 On Saturday, September 9 from 8 AM to 3 PM we will meet at CTS for our semiannual Happy Anniversary to: Benedictine Work Day. I invite each one of you M’baya & Marcy to prayerfully consider joining us on this Kabemba ........................ 9/3 special day to get CTS ready as we return to Roger Rasnake & our normal worship schedule. As our building, which is over 30 years Inge Harman ............... 9/10 old, continues to age, it is all the more important to be good George & Patsy stewards of what God has given us. Huson ............................ 9/15 Nathan & Cecilia A list of tasks will be posted on the bulletin board. Please feel free to Meyer .......................... 9/27 sign up for any task you feel comfortable with. I truly understand John & Jackie that we live busy lives so if you will be unable to attend this special Severynse ................... 9/30 day, please talk with me about completing one of the tasks on another day. I look forward to seeing each one of you on September 9. Parish Life will provide lunch but side dishes and desserts will be needed. Your brother in Christ, —Dave Larrabee Christ the Servant Lutheran Church Coming in October… Montgomery Village, MD Footnotes Staff Editor ................... Joanne Eater Fifth Annual CTS Youth Ministry Yard Sale Calendar .............. Tom Eastlack Servants’ List ....... Wilma Garvey Youth Grp News . Barbara Harner Production ............ Steve Garvey Save the date… Saturday, October 28 Footnotes is issued eleven times a year by Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod. Articles of interest to the congregation are solicited from members of the CTS community and are Start cleaning out your closets and garages due to the editor by the third Sunday of each month. Articles for the July/August …and save the good stuff for us!! issue are due by the third Sunday of June. † September 2006 † page 5
    • Ethnic Recipes—New Feature! Retreats and Quiet Days Offered and Led by We have a rich diversity of parishioners at CTS who also happen to be great cooks, and the Reverend Linda Harrison this year, as part of our multi-cultural efforts, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church is a I will be calling on you to submit a recipe community of faith, where all are deeply reflective of your heritage to be printed in committed as God’s representatives and Footnotes and shared with everyone. I am agents of divine love, compassion, and including below a recipe for meatballs as the justice. In order to have the strength, first offering for September. Enjoy!! courage, and wisdom to stand on the side of —Jo Johnson biblical justice, it is imperative that we care for our own spiritual and faith journeys. We Carmela and Dom’s Italian Meatballs must nourish our souls, and take rest and You can also substitute up to half the meat comfort in our God. We must ground our with ground pork if you want. I usually just being and our action in the God who calls us use a half pound of pork and the rest chuck. to serve this broken world. One of the many ways to ground ourselves in God and grow in 2 1/2 pound ground chuck our spiritual journey is through retreats: 1⁄2 pound ground pork (or if you are health times set apart and away to explore, conscious, you may use 3 pounds ground meditate, pray, and rejuvenate our souls. To turkey) that I end, I sent a proposal to the CTS 1 large onion, finely Council requesting the space and the time to chopped offer one-day retreats and quiet days for just 5 garlic cloves, minced that purpose. 5 eggs 2 cups milk (yes, milk) Out of that proposal, the Council extended to 2 cups Progresso Italian me, and I accepted, a call to be Retreat style bread crumbs Coordinator for CTS. Beginning this fall, with 3⁄4 cups grated parmesan cheese the support and blessing of St. Hildegard’s 1 cup fresh parsley chopped Church, Arlington, VA, and using the building Salt and pepper to taste and grounds of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, I will offer one-day retreats on a Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. variety of aspects concerning spiritual Shape into medium sized meatballs. Please formation, as well as quiet days. The retreats use exact ingredients! You can either fry and quiet days will be held on Saturdays from these in olive oil or, what I do is place 9:30 to 3:30. The first retreat date is aluminum foil over a large cookie sheet and September 30 (see separate article on the lightly oil. Place meatballs on cookie sheet next page for particulars). Other dates for the and bake at 350 until brown and done fall are October 7 and 14, November 11 and inside—about 25 to 40 minutes. 25, and December 9. Meatballs can be frozen in Ziploc bags very As this new ministry grows, my prayer is that well. You can also add pignoli nuts to this we will be able to expand retreats to include recipe if you choose (about a half cup). This weekend and weeklong retreats. recipe also makes great meat loaf. Makes I am humbled and excited as I answer this about 40 to 70 meatballs, depending on how call as your Retreat Coordinator and pray big you make them. You can use frozen your spiritual journey and growth in God will meatballs in your home-made sauce by be enhanced through this new ministry area. adding them in the last half hour of cooking. page 6 † September 2006 †
    • How Do You Talk to God? A Look at Prayer a one-day retreat led by the Reverend Linda Harrison on Saturday, September 30, 2006 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church As a people of faith, Paul exhorts us to pray ceaselessly. Yet, many people feel uncomfortable with the notion of “prayer” outside of the worship experience. Prayer seems to be shrouded in mystery, sometimes inaccessible and often ethereal. Bewildered, confused, and baffled, some progressive Christians shun personal prayer as either superstitious or as an expression of conservative faith; others avoid prayer because of misconceptions concerning prayer. However, prayer is neither superstitious nor the exclusive purview of one group. Prayer is a gift from God available to all people. Sadly, many people do not avail themselves of this great gift that is so essential to our walk in faith and our walk with God. Whether you consider yourself a prayerful person, or are unsure about prayer, come and explore prayer in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. This one-day retreat is designed to help us discover prayer, either anew or for the first time, as the multi-faceted, glorious, and grace-filled activity it truly is. What to expect: · questions to stimulate thought and conceptions about prayer; · voluntary group sharing; · time to reflect and pray. Bring an open mind, a bagged lunch, a journal or notebook, and a pen or pencil. You may also want to bring a Bible and/or book of inspirational poems or other inspirational writing if you have one. Reservations are not required, but would be helpful. A free-will offering will be taken. Contact Linda Harrison at 301.540.7472 or at RevLindaSHarrison@comcast.net for more information. Future retreats will look at meditation, different spiritual disciplines that compliment prayer and meditation, spirituality and social activism, and of course quiet days to reflect on seasonal spiritual themes. Future dates this fall for one-day retreats and quiet days are scheduled for October 7 and 14, November 11 and 25, and December 9. Your spiritual journey is not complete without prayer. † September 2006 † page 7
    • Nursery Volunteers Help Local Students Succeed in School Needed This fall, Montgomery Village will have a new SHARP Suspension Please let me (Cathy Program hosted by Christ the Servant Lutheran Church. SHARP Kuchinsky) know if you suspension programs are grass roots community-school would like to volunteer partnerships that offer academic and emotional support to to periodically help in suspended students who otherwise would be wandering the streets the nursery during and in danger of dropping out of school. The goals of the program services. are: to provide a safe, supervised place where students can volunteer to serve out their suspensions; to access and assist Also, if we had a students in the completion of their classroom and homework regularly staffed assignments; to encourage students to examine and take nursery, are there any responsibility for behaviors that led to their suspensions and CTS families that would consider behaviors that will yield more positive results for them; and use the nursery to provide students and their families with referrals to appropriate besides the visitors? community and school based services. Please let me know. Thank you. SHARP serves middle and high school students who have been suspended from school for disruptive behavior or skipping school. All —Cathy Kuchinsky students who participate do so voluntarily and agree, with their parents, to comply with SHARP policies. None are accepted who might be dangerous to other students or staff. The program, which runs from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM during the school year, maintains very structured schedules, with academic activities and discussions as important components. As a result, most students who participate in SHARP are ready to participate successfully in their Gaithersburg HELP’s normal classes at the end of their suspensions. Current Panty Needs The SHARP Program is looking for compassionate, community- • 16 oz. canned fruits minded adults to tutor and mentor students at the Montgomery (peaches, pears, fruit Village and Gaithersburg sites. Volunteers need not be professional cocktail) educators; students need sincere adult help with organization, writing skills, study habits and reading interpretation. Ideally, • Cereal volunteers will agree to a three hour “shift” at least every other • 16 oz. canned week. Volunteers must undergo a criminal background check, which vegetables (green is a required standard for all agencies serving youth under the age beans, corn, peas, of 18. Initial and ongoing training are provided and prospective mixed vegetables) volunteers are always encouraged to speak with the site director and make a visit to the site during operating hours to determine if • Boxed rice this program is the right fit for their volunteer goals and interests. • Instant potatoes If you have any questions about the SHARP Suspension Programs, • Spaghetti sauce with please feel free to call Isaac Kornegay, Program Coordinator at 240- meat 683-6580, extension 216, or Sharon Levine, MVF Director of Government Relations, at 301-948-0110, extension 313. (Don’t know if the mac and cheese embargo has been lifted yet. Stay tuned.) —Joanne Eater † September 2006 † page 8
    • Biloxi Journal July 30- August 2, 2006 By Polly Bergtold Sunday, July 30, 2006 Marlin Strand, five other Good Shepherd people, and I journeyed to Biloxi to help in the “Lutheran Disaster Response” effort (motto: “Just Come!”) on July 30. Marlin had been in Biloxi in April and he knew where the devastation was at that time. On this trip, he and I had time to spare before we joined the rest of the group, so we drove down the coast. Here’s what we saw: fragments of houses with small FEMA trailers next to them—that’s where the people were living while they tried to salvage their houses. Fifteen-foot-high piles of showers, and towels furnished and laundered debris; the Gulf water looks like you could walk daily! We are very blessed. on the debris for miles out, and never sink down Monday, July 31 (we were there at low tide—it’s not as visible in I’m an early riser so I became the 6:00 a.m. high tide) this, after almost a year! We saw: alarm clock. No problem. I’m normally up by the brand-new homes (some on stilts!) next to 5:00 a.m. and Biloxi is an hour behind, so I places with no roof, or trees lying crisscross over actually slept in an hour. Got everyone up from or around partially damaged homes; boarded- G-Burg—we all slept in one room—at 6:00; up businesses, houses with the Condemned “X” breakfast for all was at 6:30. The crew from on the front of them, some tents, everywhere Good Shepherd included Marlin Strand, John, the small FEMA trailers and debris. We decided Sandra and Denise Redmon, Emily Cole and Matt that if all we did were to rent a huge truck and Miller. Emily, Denise and Matt are all young simply go around and haul off debris, we would adults home from college for the summer. be at that simple task for many, many months. Holding-hands-in-a-circle prayer, then breakfast That night, at Bethel Lutheran Church (our host was the way we all started the day at Bethel. church) one of the host Pastors (Ed) and his Good coffee, a great variety of breakfast wife talked with all of us volunteers (from many offerings—no one went away hungry except by states). They showed a video of the horrors of choice. Katrina and its aftermath, and talked about “The Face of God”; that is, people willing to put their The Gaithersburg crew was at our work site and lives on hold to help those destitute and up on the roof by 7:30 a.m. Although I have desperate. So many stories of miracles wrought helped repair/replace/rebuild all kinds of roofs, in the storm and after. But also, eighteen landfills I had not done so south of Maryland. I had felt overflowing with debris, and no end in sight of smug because I had on a combination bug spray the need for more. So much still to do, but and sunscreen and felt thoroughly protected. people so grateful to all the volunteers for We had a cooler full of a water bottles and ice. whatever they can accomplish. We’d brought two cases of bottled water and a five-gallon container of Gatorade. We were all The accommodations at this church are palatial: dressed for a hot climate in lightweight clothing. a big meal with plenty of snacks, thick mattresses on the floor, indoor bathrooms, three † September 2006 † page 9
    • We had the tools, the ladders, and the building all finally quit about 4:30 p.m. to allow time for materials. We were ready! showers (clean up) before dinner at 6:00 p.m. We had accomplished a lot that day, in spite of However, by 9:00 a.m. that roof was very hot. the rain. I learned that wearing shorts to roof was a very bad idea. I could hardly sit, kneel or lean on it That night the Pastor’s wife, Judy, spoke to us for fear of blistering my legs. I thought longingly all about the day Hurricane Katrina hit, and all of the jeans I’d decided not to wear, and had that happened after and how many miracles about decided to go back to the church and there had been. Her story was so completely change. About that time, a breeze stirred the awe-inspiring that I’ve asked her to come to trees and I looked up. Clouds were gathering CTS to speak with us about her experiences. fast, and soon became dark and threatening. She is planning a trip to the DC area after Thunder boomed and lightning flashed. It January and hopes to make a stop here. started to rain. The roof cooled, but got slippery After her talk, she looked around the room at and dangerous and the lightning flashes grew the fifty or more volunteers and asked, “Now closer. who will do the Devotions tomorrow night?” No We had been taking turns being inside the house one raised a hand. She asked again. I hadn’t shell, mucking out, sweeping and trying to planned on raising my hand, but I did. The rest salvage what were left of tools and other things. of the G-Burg group, my Good Shepherd When the sprinkling drops became steady rain, comrades, volunteered to do the service with we all retreated inside. The front and back doors me. did close, but the inside was not habitable, and While everyone else was settling down for the the rain dripped everywhere. night, I went back outside for contemplation. I The rain continued, so after about an hour of also called Tom and Anne Lipe for inspiration working on inside projects, we ate an early and just to talk with them, and suddenly decided lunch. The rain was supposed to quit soon and that the jazz version of the “Lord’s Prayer” might the day to become hot and humid again. It did; work very well. Meanwhile, Sandra was figuring by 1:00 p.m. we were back on the roof. out readings, etc. After trying to pick out the tune on my pennywhistle, I sought out John We had secured bathroom privileges with the and Sandra Redman’s daughter Denise, to see house’s owner, Tom, an aging contractor if she’d play it on guitar with me. We worked suffering from liver cancer and emphysema, for a couple of hours on it, then fell exhausted who lives behind the ruined house in a small into our beds, satisfied that we could do it. FEMA trailer. But Tom apparently forgot and went out, locking the door. We saw him leave Tuesday, August 1 but assumed he had left the door unlocked. The cooks move quietly about the kitchen, About 2:00 p.m., when he making breakfast. I check my hadn’t returned, and the door watch; it’s just 5:00 a.m. I get was obviously locked, some of up to check whether my jean us were desperate. shorts had dried enough to put Meanwhile, the thunder and them back on for roof work. I rain began anew—a good time only have one pair each of to run errands! jeans and shorts, and the By the time we returned, the shorts are definitely skuzzy rain had lightened again; the from grime and muck. I need rest of the crew were back on something clean for Devotions. the roof; we joined them. We It has rained again in the night, page 10 † September 2006 †
    • and my shorts are not even close materials, shingles and tarpaper, are to being dry. The person who sticking together because of the launders the towels said that she heat. The work moves slowly but would be glad to add my jean steadily. Every now and then a shorts to the wash. I am very cooling breeze wafts by us. But by grateful. It promises to be a hot 2:00 p.m. we are done in and unable day on the roof. to go on. Marlin and John decide it is just too dangerous to work in our At 6:00 I get our room folk up. exhausted state. We go back to Good food, great fellowship, good Bethel for an hour or so of rest and work to do. Sandra says she’s refreshment in the church. It is welcomingly cool working on her part of the Devotions. I have in the church. Some people there admonish us the day on the roof to figure out music that it’s still too hot to be roofing. But by 3:30 possibilities. p.m. we all are energized and ready to go back Sandra has been asked to stay behind to help to work. in the kitchen. She is eager to do so. The rest We divide into two teams: Marlin and I will work of us head back for the roof, stopping by the on the flat roof. It needs new tarpaper, and a Good Shepherd church where all our supplies coat of roofing tar to secure it to the old roof. and tools are kept. Interesting fact: Bethel John and his team, the three college kids, will Lutheran is an ELCA church; Good Shepherd work on shingling the steep roof. Church in Biloxi is Missouri Synod. Both groups are working for the common good with no Marlin and I worked carefully, measuring conflicts there. everything, laying down the tar only in places required. Despite this, somehow we both got The day is hot. We have our drinks and tools. tar all over us, our shoes, inside the roll of We are ready. We work, we drink, we dump measuring tape, on the hammer—but we got water over our heads, come down from the roof that roof done! The rest of the crew finished for about 10 minutes every hour or so to cool what they needed to for the day, and packed off a bit and rest, and then go back up and up and were ready to leave. They thoughtfully repeat the process. There are actually 4 roofs: spread big plastic black bags all over the seats a very steep high roof, a standard sloping roof, of the other car and left us with two new pairs a shed roof and a flat roof. We have basically of gloves for the trip back to the church— finished the standard-sloping roof the day testimony that they knew we were filthy! before, and are working on the steep sides. Marlin and I doused our tarry hands and arms Tom has come out to check on our progress; in paint thinner, scrubbing off what we could. and shows us where the trailer key is, in case Back at the church, we were given priority for he’s not around when we need to use his showers. My shorts were clean and dry; I left facilities. He’s miserable. He has fallen in the my filthy shoes at the door, removed my tarry night and thinks he has cracked a rib but is clothes in the shower, knowing that I would need afraid of going to the clinic or seeing a doctor. them again tomorrow but clearly recognizing He is so immuno-compromised from the that then they were destined for the trash bin. chemotherapy and other meds he’s taking that We made it to dinner by 6:15 p.m. he is afraid of exposure to someone else’s illness. A neighbor is taking care of him. We started the Devotions about 7:00 p.m. Marlin’s idea was to warm up the participants About noon we break for lunch. It is just too by a sing-along. He suggested “Swing Low, hot to be on the roof for very long. After about Sweet Chariot” and “Angels Watchin’ Over Me” an hour break we all go back to work. The † September 2006 † page 11
    • (“All night, all day…”), singing them each Marlin drops me off at the terminal about 2:30 separately, then dividing the group into two and and goes to look around the Biloxi/Gulfport area half singing one while the other half sang the once more, in planning future projects there. other song—simultaneously. Since we all know In heading for the gate at which I will board my Lutherans love to sing, that worked beautifully, plane, I encounter two men who ask if I was at all (or if not all, it was not obvious who did not) the Bethel church the previous night. They had singing lustily and enthusiastically. Then Denise also been there and were checking out how the and I taught them the Gapfiller’s version of the Lutheran Disaster Response plan was working “Lord’s Prayer.” Afterward, Sandra had us do out in Biloxi, in hopes of starting a similar project several readings from the Bible, and talked in New Orleans. That’s where they were headed about her own “Face of God” experience, inviting next. I wished them well. FEMA wants all of its the congregation to share theirs. We closed with trailers back, in order to be ready for the next “Evensong” (“If I have wounded any soul disaster. So all those folks now in FEMA trailers today…”). must be leaving that housing soon, whether or not they have someplace ready to go! The need After Devotions, Marlin and I went in search of is so overwhelming for volunteers to help them… a stronger soap to rid us of what was left of the tar. Marlin had a streak down his cheek. I had a I will be back. If not in 2006, then definitely in stubborn patch on one arm and elbow. Wal- 2007; it is so good to be able to help, if only in Mart was open. “Goop” hand cleaner works just some small way, the huge effort to relieve fine. people of suffering. I am bone-weary but so elated to have been part of that great effort. Marlin and the rest of the crew headed for bed. Peace to all and Love. I went back outside to contemplate the day and to enjoy the warm evening, listening to night —Polly sounds, thankful for fellowship, music and all the caring evident in this place. Wednesday, August 2 Up early. Woke everyone in the room as arranged, at 6:00 a.m. Good breakfast, great coffee. I dragged on my smelly, tarry clothes again. We’re back on the roof by 7:30AM, all of us eager for today’s work. Tom still abed, neighbor there taking care of him. Bathroom privileges assured. It is not quite so hot today. Marlin and I must leave the roof by 1:00 p.m.; we need to be leaving for the airport by 2:00 p.m. The rest of the Gaithersburg crew will leave the roof at the same time. They’ll have a few hours of R&R at a nearby water-park, and they richly need and deserve the afternoon off. We finish what we need to—a little work remains for the rest of the crew to finish on Thursday. We all bid farewell to Tom and his caregiver. page 12 † September 2006 †
    • Adult Education at Christ the Servant 2006—2007 Sunday Mornings Theology Club Except for Advent and Lent, when Pastor Bastien will This group meets monthly―usually on the last Sunday be teaching the 4th–6th grade Sunday School class, he of the month at 7:00 p.m.—to discuss a current or will be the regular teacher at adult forum. This year, classic book of interest from the perspective of in the fall term, we will continue our study of Church Christian faith. The year our readings will be: history by examining the lives of the fathers and September The Left Hand of God by Rabbi Michael mothers of the faith commemorated in our Book of Worship. This year we will be looking at the April Lerner. (A rabbi tries to rally religious folk saints. In the Spring Term, we will begin a careful of progressive values to fight the take- reading of the Book of Joshua. over of religion by right-wing political forces.) October Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam (This is social criticism and is about how our society is increasingly fragmented and isolated.) Forest Oak Film Buffs November Descartes' Secret Notebook by Amir D. On the third (or, sometimes, the sec o nd) Sunday of Aczel (Yikes! A book about the mysteries each month, at 5:30 p.m., lovers of film gather to of math.) watch a movie together and then to discuss its meanings. Everyone brings some finger food to share. January The Future of Religion edited by The host each month provides the movie and the Santiago Zabala (A conversation drinks. Come and share a favorite movie experience between two important philosophers. The with the group. American agnostic, Richard Rorty, and the Italian radical Roman Catholic, Gianni Vattimo.) February Shadows on the Hudson by Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer (A novel about the lives of Holocaust survivors in Seminar New York City after WWII.) This group of people meets once a month—on a March Children of Disobedience by Asta Scheib Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to noon (after (A novel about The Love Story of Martin which we normally share lunch together)—to read Luther and Katharina von Bora.) together and analyze in depth the works of a major religious thinker. This year we will be finishing Joseph April The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Campbell's Oriental Mythology (volume II of his Didion (A famous writer deals with the magnum opus, quot;The Masks of Godquot;) and we will begin death of her husband while her daughter volume III, Occidental Mythology. Come and join us is in the hospital in a coma.) as we study the history of human religion. May Othello by William Shakespeare ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adult Education Registration Name______________________________ Phone No. __________________ E-mail: _________________ Please check the classes for which you wish to register. Turn this form in to the church office. Sunday Mornings Adult Forum Seminar Forest Oak Film Buffs Theology Club
    • CTS YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS SEPTEMBER 2006 FaithTalk: Confirmation at Home: The Fall retreat will focus on Worship, so use this month to begin to share your thoughts about worship with each other. As a family, come up with a list of questions about worship – an “I’ve always wanted to know…..quot; about worship list. Write these down and bring them to our prep sessions on Sunday afternoons. And take time to talk about the service each week – the readings, the hymns and music, was there anything different about the service this week, what stuck with you as you left. And try to attend a different worship service this fall – maybe a weekday evening prayer service or one of the lesser festivals (Holy Cross on Sept 14, St. Matthew on Sept 21, or St Luke on Oct 18). Finally, watch for the new ELW (Evangelical Lutheran Worship) book coming this fall! Chi Rho: Michelle Backus spent a week in July participating in this Metro DC Synod Youth Ministry Servant Event in Neon, Kentucky. Ask her to share her week's story with you…. (Barbara went along as one of the adult leaders – you can ask her, too!) 2006 ELCA Youth Gathering - Cruzando: Journey with Jesus – Hopefully you’ve had a chance to visit our weblog, read about our journey and view our pictures. If not, you can access it all through the CTS website. (If the link is not on the homepage, you can find it via the Youth and Family Ministry link.) Welcome Back to a New Year of Youth Ministry! Senior High (Grades 10-12) Koinonia / Agape Supper Thurs, Sept 7, 6:30 - 9:00 PM / H-K Come join us for our annual Agape Supper kick-off for youth Koinonia. Bring a can of soup (any flavor - just not one with a cream base) for the pot and enjoy an evening of food and fellowship with other youth as we start a new year on our faith journey. (We may change the evening in future months if Thursdays don't work for most, so let me know if Thursdays don't work for you!) Benedictine Workday Sat, Sept 9, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm / CTS Help get the church clean and ready as we begin a new Sunday School year. Plan to be there to help with whatever projects need doing - I'm sure there will be a long list with tasks for all ages and skill levels! Lunch will be provided. We need your help! And maybe we can even get some things – like the sheep! - finally added to the Youth Room…. Rally Day Rehearsal Sat, Sept 9, 3:00 - 4:30 pm / CTS Come help us prepare for the service. Everyone is needed and welcome! And if there’s any interest, we can go out for dinner and a movie afterwards…. Rally Day Youth Service Sun, Sept 10, 11:00 AM / CTS We need everyone's help with this service that kicks off the 2005-2006 Sunday School year with great music and a service written by the Confirmation youth. We'll have a quick run through during the Sunday School hour that morning - wear your CTS or a Youth Ministry event T-shirt! Fall Retreat Preparation Sessions Sundays, Sept 10, 17, 24 and Oct 1, 1:00 – 3:30 PM / CTS This fall’s retreat will focus on worship. To prepare for writing our service during the retreat, we’ll learn about the liturgy and various parts of the worship service during these four Sunday afternoon sessions. We’ll start each session with a quick lunch and then move on to the material; we should finish by 3:30. Gaithersburg Help Mon, Sept 11, 5:00 - 7:00 PM We need 2-3 volunteers each month to help with our ongoing service project at the food pantry. Please call Beth Lashof or Barbara to volunteer or with questions. Sheepdogs (Parent Support Group) Thurs, Sept 28, 8:00 - 9:30 PM / H-K Parents of youth in grades 7-12 are welcome as we share with and encourage each other in our ministry to our children. At this first meeting, we'll come up with a list of topics and a meeting schedule for the year. (If Thursdays won’t work for you, please let Barbara know as we set up a schedule for this year.) Upcoming Activities and Events Fall Confirmation Retreat Fri, Oct 6 - Sun, Oct 8 / Camp Nawakwa, Arrendstville, PA Our Fall retreat will focus on Worship - we will learn about worship and the parts of the service and we will compose a new liturgy for use at the next three years of Confirmation retreats and Rally Day and De-Rally Day services. We’ll be going to a new site – Camp Nawakwa in Arrendtsville, PA! Senior High (Grades 10-12) Koinonia / Agape Supper Thurs, Oct 5, 6:30 - 9:00 PM / H-K Film Night Fri, Oct 13, 7:00 – 10:00 / H-K Youth Ministry Dream Team Mon, Oct 16, 7:30 - 9:00 PM / H-K Confirmation Koinonia Tues, Oct 17, 6:30 - 8:30 PM / H-K Youth Ministry Yard Sale Fri, Oct 27, 7:00 PM; Sat, Oct 28, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM / CTS Start getting your stuff together now and get ready for the fifth annual CTS YM Yard Sale. Plan to join us Friday evening (we'll start at 7 PM) as we sort and set up (we'll have pizza to help us!) and bring a sleeping bag and pillow, clothes to sleep in, your toothbrush and your CTS t-shirt to wear Saturday for the sleepover so we'll be all set to go first thing in the morning! We need everyone's help - including parents! Reformation Service Sun, Oct 29, 4:00 PM Join Lutherans from all over the Synod for the annual Reformation Service at the Washington Cathedral We’ll meet at CTS at 2:00 pm to carpool down – bring some money for dinner as we always stop at Armand’s for pizza on the way home. We’ll be back around 8:00. Chrysalis 2006 Fri, Dec 1 - Sun, Dec 3 Metro DC Synod's annual Youth Ministry event for Senior High youth. Watch for registration forms sometime in Oct... Check your email 1-2 times per week for reminders and updates! For information about current/future CTS Youth Ministry Activities, contact Barbara at 301-963-6236 or by email at bharner@comcast.net (H-K: activities at the Harner-Kerlavage home; CTS: activities at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church)
    • CHRIST THE SERVANT LUTHERAN CHURCH As of August 20th, 2006 September 2006 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 9:30 AM Holy Communion Labor Day 5:30 PM -8:45 PM AA 12:00 PM -1:30 PM NA 6:30 PM Sr 8:00 AM -3:00 groups group High Koinonia PM Benedictine 13th Sunday after Pentecost Workday 5:30 PM -8:45 PM AA groups 3:30 PM Rally Day Rehearsal 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 8:30 AM Matins 8:00 PM 8:30 AM Montg. Conf. 12:00 PM -1:30 PM NA 7:30 PM Holy 10:00 AM Parish Pastors' bible study group Cross Day seminar 9:50 AM Christian Education Council 5:30 PM -8:45 PM AA Eucharist 11:00 AM Holy Communion 5:30 PM -8:45 PM AA groups groups 1:00 PM -3:30 PM Fall Retreat Prep Session Rally Day 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 8:30 AM Matins 8:00 PM 8:30 AM Montg. Conf. 12:00 PM -1:30 PM NA 7:30 PM Saint Worship Pastors' bible study group Matthew's Day 9:50 AM Christian Education Committee 5:30 PM -8:45 PM AA Eucharist 11:00 AM Holy Communion 5:30 PM -8:45 PM AA groups groups 1:00 PM -3:30 PM Fall Retreat Prep Session 8:00 PM Outreach 5:30 PM Film Buffs Committee 15th Sunday after Pentecost Council Retreat 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 8:30 AM Matins 8:30 AM Montg. Conf. 12:00 PM -1:30 PM NA 8:00 PM St Michael All day Pastors' bible study group Sheepdogs and All workshop 9:50 AM Christian Education meeting Angels quot;What is 11:00 AM Holy Communion 11:30 AM Lunch 5:30 PM -8:45 PM AA groups Prayer?quot; Bunch 1:00 PM -3:30 PM Fall Retreat Prep Session 5:30 PM -8:45 PM AA 7:00 PM Theology Club groups 16th Sunday after Pentecost Footnotes deadline is third Sunday of each month.
    • Servants’ Lists for September 2006 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 17, 2006 September 3, 2006 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion 8:30 a.m. Matins Acolytes ...................Dave Larrabee, Amos Keller Acolyte .............................................. Tom Lipe Altar Preparation .......................... Wilma Garvey Lector ............................................... Tom Lipe Communion Assistants................... Joyce Backus Usher ........................................... Doreen Foge Steve Garvey Greeter .........................................Erica Adams Communion Bread..................Melanie McMichael Prayer Leader ............................... Joanne Eater 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion Lector ........................................ Dave Larrabee Usher ......................................... Vernon Toelle Acolytes ..............Bob McMichael, Ellie McMichael Greeter ...................................... Joann Eastlack Altar Preparation ........................ Joann Eastlack Flowers ....................................... Kwan Koehler Communion Assistants ...................Pat Andersen Melanie McMichael BEGIN REGULAR SUNDAY SCHEDULE Communion Bread ............................ The Eaters Lector .........................................Polly Bergtold Prayer Leader...............................Polly Bergtold September 10, 2006 Usher ............................................ Chuck Eater Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Greeter ......................................... Amos Keller 8:30 a.m. Matins Hospitality ................................... Joyce Backus Acolyte ....................................... Wilma Garvey Flowers given today by................. Garvey Family Lector .............................................Bob Adams Usher .............................................. Ernie Graf Greeter ..............................................José Vela September 21, 2006 St. Matthew 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion Altar Preparation ........................ The Andersens Acolytes ..................... Frank Foge, Tom Eastlack Communion Assistant.....................Pat Andersen Altar Preparation ......................................Youth Lector ........................................... Chuck Eater Communion Assistants............... Maggie Rasnake Prayer Leader................................Pat Andersen Melissa Foge Communion Bread.........................Julia Rasnake September 24, 2006 Lector .....................................................Youth Prayer Leader ..........................................Youth Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Usher .....................................................Youth 8:30 a.m. Matins Greeter ...................................................Youth Hospitality...............................................Youth Acolyte ...................................... Robin Peterson Lector ......................................... Vernon Toelle Flowers given today by .............. Petersen Family Usher .......................................... Steve Garvey Greeter ............................................ Ernie Graf September 14, 2006 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion Holy Cross Day 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion Acolytes ................. Albert Ticona, Bob Andersen Altar Preparation ........................... Joanne Eater Altar Preparation ......................... The Andersens Communion Assistants .................Dave Larrabee Communion Assistant ......................Chuck Eater Chuck Eater Lector ......................................... Bob Andersen Communion Bread ........................ The Eastlacks Prayer Leader .................................. Frank Foge Lector ..........................................Pat Andersen Prayer Leader..............................Dave Larrabee Usher ....................................... James Kabonge Greeter ................................... Mary Ann Jasper Hospitality ................................. Christiana Carr Flowers given today by............................. OPEN Launder Altar Linens in September ... Sandy D'Angelo